Does Stefon Diggs’ extension change Buffalo Bills plans for NFL Draft?

Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills signed star wide receiver Stefon Diggs to a four-year contract extension, which will keep him in Western New York through the 2027 season. The Bills now have their franchise quarterback and top wide receiver in place for the foreseeable future and provides a great foundation for the offense.

The question is now that Diggs has been extended, does it change the Buffalo Bills’ plans for the upcoming NFL Draft later this month? The team doesn’t have many glaring needs but one position that has been discussed is wide receiver.

The Bills could use another wide receiver with great speed and yards after the catch ability but the thought of using a first round pick at the position also provided some security if the team wasn’t able to sign Stefon Diggs. When considering he only had two years left before the extensions, and with some of the contracts receivers had been getting, it made sense to add more insurance just in the off chance a deal couldn’t be reached.

That insurance is no longer needed and with Diggs under contract, combined with Gabriel Davis still having two years, Isaiah McKenzie back this offseason on a two-year deal, as well as Marquez Stevenson under contract for three more years, this position now has some stability that they didn’t have even last week.

Buffalo Bills should address another position early in the 2022 NFL Draft

While it would be great to get Josh Allen another wide receiver, it seems like the first round pick would almost be a waste at this point. There isn’t really a clear path to playing time as a rookie for a wide receiver drafted this year.

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For a team positioned to make a run at a Super Bowl this year, it makes sense for them to pick a player in the first round that can contribute right away. This could be a cornerback, running back, offensive guard or even a defensive tackle and if this means having to trade up to get a starting-caliber player at the position, that would make the most sense for where the Buffalo Bills are presently and where they want to go in 2022.